We live in a time where we use 140 characters and emoticons to communicate how we feel, what we're doing and what we wish we had. We read tweets and scour social media like Instagram to see how life looks for other people; this distorts our perception. Life becomes an amalgam of position, power and status. Even your Facebook wall asks for a "status update."
Some of Jesus' disciples, whether they understood what was really going to happen or not, were asking for the same kind of thing: two prime seats on the 50-yard line on either side of Jesus, with the accompanying perks. Jesus knew that the request was not only ridiculous -- they couldn't handle the price tag that came with the ask -- He knew it was the reverse of what was needed.
He made His point this way: To be out front, get in the back. To be great, be small. To be like me, be like me. Jesus would reinforce this idea in a much more personal way in a few weeks with a wash basin and towel, but